A Dentist Left a File in My Tooth

I went to a dentist who was doing a filling. Mid-appointment he decided it needed to change the filling to a crown, then decided it needed a root canal. During that procedure (or maybe the crown one, I don’t know) I heard him curse. He broke a file in my mouth. ┬áHe’s decided to leave it there. I’m really frustrated. I’ve heard holsitic dentists will handle things differently. A friend lives in your area and says you are one. How do I find one in my area?

Lupa N. – Delaware


You’ve had a very trying experience. Though I haven’t seen your case for myself, and cannot say for sure, I will say that sometimes decay can be worse than the dentist expected and a procedure has to be changed. And, though it isn’t normal, files do sometimes break.

You’re right that a holistic dentist will often care about the whole body function and not just the tooth. The easiest way to find on eis to do a direct search for a holistic dentist

They’ll work with you to get the file out, if that’s possible to do without causing more harm than good.

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Will invisalign work if I am missing teeth?

If I’m missing two teeth, will that mean I can’t have invisalign? I don’t want braces, especially at my age. Will I need to replace the teeth first?

Sonya M. – Michigan


It’s not likely the missing teeth will be a problem with Invisalign. But that depends on a couple of things.

First, which teeth are missing

Second, how many are missing.

It’s possible you won’t even have to replace them, depending on which teeth they are.

The key will be to see a few general dentists who place invisalign. Orthodontists, tend to lead toward wires and brackets, which is where their training is.

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